Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for an extension to Galgorm Resort and Spa.
The approval is for 48 additional bedrooms and a new leisure suite, comprising a swimming pool and gym, at the County Antrim resort.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for Ballymena and the surrounding area. The new addition to this award winning resort will benefit tourism in mid-Antrim, providing high quality accommodation in an area that is the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and the scenic north coast.
“My Department is committed to delivering swiftly for business and prevent delays for those seeking to provide significant investment. Whilst some of the ground work was laid in an earlier planning approval, this amended scheme was turned around in under eight weeks.
“My vision is for the DOE to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This speedy decision on this hotel expansion will help do that.”
Notes to editors:
1. Planning application G/2013/0312/F was received by the Department on 11 September 2013. The proposal is for a new leisure centre and bedroom wing comprising an additional 48 bedrooms. The current application is an amendment to a scheme previously approved in February 2012 reference: G/2011/0401/F.
2. The applicants are Galgorm Resort and Spa and the designers of the scheme are Douglas Wallace Consultants based in Dublin.
3. There were no objections to the proposal.
4. The application was dealt with by South Antrim Area Planning Office under the Department’s streamlined procedures and following notification on 16 September 2013, Ballymena Borough Council raised no concerns.